Wappapello Lake


Annual Prospects Report

Crappie fishing at Wappapello Lake should be fair to good in 2016. Anglers can expect approximately 10-15 percent of the white crappie they catch to be over 9 inches. Trapnet survey results this fall showed a good number of crappie in the 8-9 inch range that should be reaching legal size in the spring if growth remains satisfactory. A majority of the black crappie in the lake will be in the 5–8 inches range. In the spring, anglers should target crappie in shallow areas around brush piles or on shallow flats. In the fall and winter crappie can be found cruising large flats adjacent to the old St. Francis River channel or in some of the larger creek arms. Largemouth bass angling should be good and similar to recent years. Most of the bass will be 10-15 inches, with good numbers up to 21 inches, and an occasional larger bass. Anglers should target largemouth bass in the spring in shallow areas along rocky banks and in shallow water around structure in the summer. Good-sized white bass can be captured on the northern end of the lake as fish move up the St. Francis River in the spring. Bluegill fishing is fair, with many of the fish in the 6-8 inches range. Sunfish anglers can also expect to catch redear sunfish, warmouth, green sunfish, and longear sunfish. Anglers can expect good numbers of quality channel catfish and flathead catfish again in 2016. Many anglers are successful using jugs or trotlines for both species of catfish. New brush piles where placed in the lake during the spring of 2015 in Possum Creek, Lost Creek, and near Chaonia Landing.


Latest Report

black bass good on soft plastics and spinnerbaits; bluegill good on crickets and worms near brush in coves; channel catfish fair on live baits and worms on jug lines and trotlines at night; lake level is approximately .5' above summer pool elevation; anglers should note the 9" minimum length limit regulation for crappie; recorded lake level and other information can be received by calling the Wappapello Lake Information Hotline at 573-222-8139 or 1-877-lake-info.

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From annual prospecting surveys

The weekly fishing report is updated every Thursday from the start of April to the end of September.